36 villages out of Panvel civic corporation
RESIDENTS UPSET Govt’s decision to not include NAINA in the new corporation means the ban on any construction in the area will continue
Residents of 36 villages of Panvel taluka are upset as they have been excluded from the proposed Panvel municipal corporation (PMC).
On Wednesday, the government, in an affidavit to the high court, said that 32 villages of the taluka will be included in the municipal corporation. The 36 villages which have been left out fall under Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA), where there is a ban on any construction in the area.
The villagers had been hoping that their inclusion in the PMC would allow construction activity in the region.
The government had initially included them in the proposed PMC. However, on Wednesday while announcing the final decision, these villages were excluded.
Ganesh Mhatre, a resident of one of the villages, said: “First, we were included in the proposed PMC without being asked. Now we have been thrown out without being told. There is a lot of anger in the region against the decision.”
Mhatre said, “With no clear policy yet on NAINA, there are very tough rules and regulations for any construction activity in the region.”
He added, “Cidco has proposed that farmers pool together their land to develop the area. We have to give Cidco 40% of our land and development charges for basic services. A lot of farmers are opposed to the proposal. Any development here has been stuck for the past two years.”
Mhatre said that the government’s dilly-dallying stand on NAINA has led to reduction in the number of developers showing interest in the region. “Besides, all new constructions are being termed illegal since NAINA was announced,” he added.
Mangesh Patil, another villager, said: “Six months ago, when the PMC was proposed, we hoped that our region will finally see development.”
He added, “We expected PMC to develop our land as construction activity would be allowed. However, the state government’s affidavit in the high court declaring that NAINA villages will be excluded has dashed our hopes.”
Former member of legislative assembly Vivek Patil of Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) that the government is anti-farmer. “The local farmers and PWP has always opposed NAINA. The government is yet to state its policy on NAINA,” he said.
Patil said the PWP will soon meet the chief minister to ensure that the villages are included in Panvel municipal corporation.